Best of 2012: Who Would You Nominate in the Comedy/Drama "Best Actor" Categories?

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Good heavens, it's almost 2013 which means it's almost not 2012 which means it's almost time for us to declare what was definitely great in 2012! It's not easy to sort through all the television happenings of the year on our own, and because we value your input—and also because you will complain if we omit your favorite show or actor—we're asking for your help as we assemble the nominees for our Best of 2012 awards.

Today we're looking at the fellas, dudes, and bros who acted their hearts out for your entertainment. For everyone's convenience, we've combined the comedy and drama categories into a single post, so make sure your voice clicks are heard in BOTH polls. We'll take the top vote-getters from readers and throw in some editorial picks for the final ballot, which will be out in early December.

The only requirements are that the actor appeared on a program that aired in 2012, he acted well, and that he is a he. (To submit your picks for the "Best Actress" categories, click here.) Feel free to add your own nominations using the write-in feature, and please make sure you nominate actors in the correct poll (dramatic actors in drama, comedic in comedy). Now get clicking!

UPDATE: These polls are closed! Check back in early December to vote on the final list of nominees!


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Best of 2012: What Shows Would You Nominate for "Best New Series"?

Best of 2012: What Shows Would You Nominate for "Best Overall Series"?

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LOL at Joshua Jackson getting as many votes as Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis and Peter Dinklage combined. I like JJ too, but seriously, that's ridiculous.
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Hi everyone, we're closing this poll now, but thanks so much for voting! You can see your top picks above; check back in early December to vote on the final list of nominees!
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Alan Tudyk wasn't even on the list?!? I have remedied that fact and added a few more Suburgatory noms.
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SMILE =)
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you no we're not insulting to u guys and we're not insulting to your choose or picks so why do yall stoop so low as to attack us i've aways been taught all my life if you can't say something nice about someone don;t say nothing at all and thats what i've aways taught my son im a Kaniac a Christian kane fan and im very proud of that thk u ;)
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W(who)TF is Christian Kane? Zzz.
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Eliot Spencer on Leverage. I've never seen him in a movie, but I'll take Joan's word for it. The first time I saw him was as Lindsey on Angel (the Wolfram & Hart lawyer). He was good there too. I remember thinking at the time that he would probably get a lot of good parts after this, but then I didn't see him in anything until Leverage.
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check him out at imdb ,com where you can see a listing of his acting credits
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Obviously some people know who he is. He plays Eliot on Leverage and has been in a lot of movies too.
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Since not recording my votes I'll post here:
1.) JOHN NOBLE-Fringe
2.) Damien Lewis-Homeland
3.) Joshua Jackson-Fringe
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Why are my votes not recording? How do you actually submit your vote? I am clicking on my selection but there is no submit button and once I refresh page my vote is removed and vote tally is back where it was before I voted?
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I think that they were recorded the first time you voted.
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I just realized that one of my favorite characters from the past few years isn't even on this list. After the death of Batiatus, "Ashur" took over as the best character on Spartacus. The actor's name is Nick Tarabay. I would like to see him somewhere around 8th place on this list.

It's really annoying that those who weren't on the lists when they came up had no chance to make it onto the list later. I'm not sure where Nick Tarabay would have ended up, but Spartacus would probably have been a top 10 (or at least top 20) show. But it started outside the list, so it never had a chance to make it into the top 100.
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Christian Kane and Joshua Jackson are definitely too high up. They're both pretty good though, especially Kane. It surprises me *a lot* to see Kane at the top, ahead of John Noble. In the discussions regarding the Emmys this year and last year, I remember seeing lots of people *screaming* for a John Noble nomination, but I don't think I have ever heard anyone say that Christian Kane is the best actor on TV.
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I agree. Not to take any credit away from Kane, he is a great actor. BUT I almost feel like his fans are being biased when voting for him. The guy is good, but I find John Noble is better. Or maybe I'm being biased as I'm a Fringe fan!
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I voted for John Noble and Joshua Jackson they both deserve recognition for all their work on the best show ever FRINGE
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I voted for Jim Parsons i just love the big band theory
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Christian kane is the Best he doesn't need a emmy to prove that his Kaniacs knows it but it would be nice if he did get one for all of his hard work he puts his Whole Heart And Soul in everything he does so he does it he doesnt need an emmy to prove he's the best to us we love em any way ;)
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Good for Joshua Jackson for coming in third after John noble! I was quite nervous when he only gotten 100 votes last time I checked. Congrats josh!
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John Noble ! He deserves that .
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Nick Offerman belongs in both categories.
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Christian Kane is a very talented actor and is much beloved by his fans. He totally deserves to be at the top of this list and it is his many fans who have put him there.
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why is ryan hurst on the comedy actor section that pretty dark man
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The Kaniacs have made these kind of contests meaningless. It probably embarrasses him more than anything.
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Obviously some people know and appreciate Christian Kane. He is an incredible actor/musician. He can play so many different characters, just look at all his movies. He is fantastic as Eliot on Leverage too, which I suspect is the reason he is leading in the poll. I do love Fringe and John Noble, but Christian Kane has my vote.
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Christian Kane? Are you joking? Nobody even knows who that is!!! I mean, it doesn't mean he's not a good actor, but there's no way he could possibly be leading against JOHN NOBLE of all people!
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Christian Kane was actually at his greatest in this year's Leverage season. His number 1 placement does not surprise me. The fact that you don't watch Leverage and have no idea who he is doesn't give you the right to make such statements ("nobody knows who he is"). And yes, I appreciate John Noble very much, but I feel like Christian Kane was really extraordinary in the last season, so he deserves the appreciation as well.
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John Noble is one of the best actors I have ever seen. I'm not saying Kane is better than him, but Kane really outdid himself in the last year, and he's evolving into a very good actor as well. That's why this year I think he's on top. Because he proved he can, despite many people that don't like him as an actor ( I have friends that say they can't watch Leverage because of him, which is stupid to say the least). He definitely has the potential to reach John Noble's level one day.
As for Noble, in order to surprise, he has to surpass himself. And, to be honest, nobody can surpass John Noble. Not even himself. :D
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Ok you make valid points. You're right, _some_ people know who he is. But I mean, let's be honest here...his name isn't quite as well-known as John Noble. And yes, I haven't watched Leverage but I truly feel like John Noble stands out in TV. But fine, I will accept Christian kane if he's really as good as you say.
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Drama:
John Noble, Peter Dinklage, Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Olyphant.

Comedy:
The whole cast of It's Always Sunny, and Louis C.K.


Impossible to chose one.
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DYLAN OBRIEN FOR ALL THE WINS.
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Noble, Dinklage, Jackson, Olyphant and Goggins. Louis C.K., John Cho and Charlie Day.

Also, how the hell is Benedick Cumbersnatch in the top ten? Even worse, how is he beating Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki?
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Christian Kane all the way!! will have my vote each and every time!
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Noble, Dinklage and Cranston are the top. Arron Paul is amzing but possible more a support actor. Ty Burrell for comedy.

Very pleased to see Robert Caryle so far up, his performance in Once Upon a Time has been nothing short of superb!
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Why don't you vote for Bobby Canavale, people? His performance as Gyp Rossetti in "Boardwalk Empire" is superb and he was also very good in "Nurse Jackie"!
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My top 5 picks - John Noble, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Giancarlo Esposito and Damian Lewis.
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For those people who reckon the pictures are too small, use google, it's not that hard, if they made the pictures big, it will take forever to scroll and load.
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Christian kane no Doubt He will aways have my vote he is the best ;)
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Damian Lewis, Ryan Cartwright and Andrew Lincoln.
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John Noble is listed twice, can we add the votes together?
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John Noble without a doubt. He blows everyone here out of the water. Only actor that has played about 13 different variations of his character FLAWLESSLY.
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Joel McHale is good, but no way he's better than Donald Glover. More votes for Troy!
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Christian Kane at number 3, really? I'm not denying that he's awesome, but it seems weird that he's above Bryan Cranston and Damian Lewis.
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Pics are way too small cant tell who alot of them are
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John Noble, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Lucas Bryant are my tops picks, but several others are very good as well.
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Peter Dinklage - In the insane world of Game of Thrones, the "Imp" is the only character that makes me feel safe. He is very intelligent, erudite and actually has a conscience.

John Cho (Go On!) - Finally a character that is quite new and refreshing and open to the crazy ideas of his friend and on an unexpectedly good new show.
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No brainer - John Noble!
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Just one vote here. John Nobel for Fringe. Since he has been blatantly and disgracefully ignored by all award shows/panels etc, the fans can at least give him this.
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I get that they play lesbians (or a lesbian and a bisexual), but Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw are both female
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John Noble, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, James Caviezel, and Michael Emerson for dramas. Danny Pudi, Matthew Perry, Donald Glover, Nick Offerman, and Brett Gelman for comedies.
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Christian Kane has my vote... absolutely love him as Eliot in Leverage!!
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John Noble
Aaron Paul
Nick Offerman
Ty Burrell
Isn't it about time the public got to choose who gets Emmys?!
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I may have just missed him on the Drama list, but I didn't see Ryan Cartwright. For some reason he's on the comedy list (with about 20 votes) but he isn't playing Gary on Alphas for laughs (has he been on another show that I didn't see), his character has a social personality disorder and Cartwright is playing the part as brilliantly this year as he did last year. Anyway, tough decision this year, lots of great candidates in both categories.

Personally I'd go for a tie between Andrew Lincoln from The Walking and John Nobel from Fringe, both have been consistently excellent this year.

For the Comedy award I'm completely stumped. There has to be a group of maybe eight actors vying for the top spot and I'm just not sure I can choose a winner.
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Ryan Cartwright was on Bones before they killed him off, his role there was pretty funny. That said I agree that he should be on the dramatic section if this is solely based on Alphas
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He wasn't on Bones in 2012 though, and again, Bones is a drama not comedy. I do like your thinking though, he was funny on Bones, easily the best of the part-time assistants.
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Glad to see John Noble at the top.
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i don't think that 'parade's end' has aired in the u.s. yet - if it had benedict cumberbatch would be in the top 3, no question
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Mistakes are mistakes, Grey's Anatomy gatecrashing is Grey's Anatomy gatecrashing but 200 votes (and counting) that Sara Ramirez is a dude sends a very strong message.
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So since I voted for and listed for 25 shows under best shows of the year I thought I'd try the much trickier task of coming up with my top 25 in each of the acting categories. So without further ado -
Drama:
1. Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
2. Kelsey Grammer - Boss
3. Dustin Hoffman - Luck
4. Damien Lewis - Homeland
5. John Noble - Fringe
6. Jason Isaacs - Awake
7. John Hamm - Mad Men
8. Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock
9. Peter Dinklage - Game of Thrones
10. Aaron Paul - Breaking Bad
11. Andre Braugher - Last Resort
12. Mandy Patinkin - Homeland
13. Timothy Olyphant - Justified
14. Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire
15. Charles Dance - Game of Thrones
16. Jared Harris - Mad Men & Fringe
17. Kit Harrington - Game of Thrones
18. Giancarlo Esposito - Once Upon a Time & Revolution
19. James Cromwell - American Horror Story
20. Iain Glen - Game of Thrones
21. Kiefer Sutherland - Touch
22. Hugh Bonneville - Downton Abbey
23. Michael C. Hall - Dexter
24. Andrew Lincoln - The Walking Dead
25. Wendell Pierce - Treme

Comedy:
1. Louis C.K. - Louie
2. Danny Pudi - Community
3. Jason Gann - Wilfred U.S.
4. Damon Wayans, Jr. - Happy Endings
5. Charlie Day - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
6. Donald Glover - Community
7. David Cross - The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
8. Joel McHale - Community
9. David Duchovny - Californication
10. Nick Offerman - Parks and Recreation
11. Danny DeVito - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
12. Adam Scott - Parks and Recreation
13. Justin Kirk - Weeds and Animal Practice
14. Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
15, Paul Scheer - The League & NTSF:SD:SUV::
16. Glenn Howerton - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
17. Patton Oswalt - The Heart, She Holler
18. Adam Pally - Happy Endings
19. Nolan Gould - Modern Family
20. Ken Jeong - Community
21. Max Greenfield - New Girl
22. Elijah Wood - Wilfred U.S.
23. Ty Burrell - Modern Family
24. Rob McElhenney - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
25. Nick Kroll - The League
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Would you believe I've already thought of some pivotal actors I missed. I've now had to also vote for Jeremy Irons, Jeff Hephner and Jeff Daniels
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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are a given as usual. Peter Dinklage usually gets recognition for GoT, and rightfully so, but I also think Charles Dance deserves some too. His scenes with Maise were probably my favorite of the season. Andrew Lincoln was decent in the earlier seasons, but he's been outstanding this year, and might be the most compelling character on the show at the moment. Denis O'Hare gave one of the best performances in TV as Russell in season three, but he was too damn cartoony this year, and I blame Alan Ball for that. Michael C. Hall is great as usual, but Ray Stevenson has been the biggest surprise this year for me. That character could've been so flat, but Ray molded it into something special.
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